de Wes AC5K:
10) We need to “burn in” our newly assigned CW Ops’ 6 meter meeting frequency of 50.098 MHz.
9) Your hand will not get tired from long QSOs, because the nature of 6 meters is such that conditions change VERY quickly, so everyone just exchanges quick reports while the band is open.
8) You will be utilizing a new band on that expensive radio that you convinced your spouse you just had to have.
7) You will finally have that excuse you have been waiting for to memorize your grid square.
6) 50 new states, 6 new continents, and tons of new grids and countries to chase. You can also be the DX by going out and activating a rare grid square.
5) Antennas do not have to be super high for successful contacts. I spent my first two seasons on the band with a small loop at 17 feet.
4) Antennas for 6 meters are smaller that those needed for HF, but you should be horizontally polarized for greatest success.
3) The main seasonal peak for Sporadic E propagation is in mid summer just when the HF bands are in their seasonal decline. There is also a minor peak in mid winter. Use “DX Sherlock” to spot openings, it takes cluster spots and plots them on a continually updating map to visually show where the Es clouds are and who is being worked.
2) You will expand your vocabulary (the 4 letter words that is), and have an opportunity to finally drink up all that old liquor in your cabinet. This is because the 6 meter band can be VERY frustrating between openings, and there is no band that can be as dead as 6 is sometimes.
1) And the Number ONE reason for trying Six Meter CW is: (drum roll) Six meters is super fun! Conditions can turn from “tragic” to “magic” in just a few short minutes. Just when you are ready to rip down your antenna and burn your radio, the band will suddenly reward you with a great opening. You never know who or where you will work next. The flakiness of this band is actually what makes it addictively fun!
(From CW Ops, posted here with permission)